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Swedish PM slams Julian Assange's claims

"I can only defend what everyone in Sweden already knows: that we have an independent, non-coerced judiciary," Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

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Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday said the description of Sweden's judiciary system presented by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defence lawyers was untrue.

"It is unfortunate. We have an independent judiciary," Reinfeldt told reporters at parliament.

On the first day of a hearing in London Monday on whether Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face allegations of rape and molestation, his lawyer Geoffrey Robertson blasted the Swedish handling of rape cases, saying his client's human rights would be violated in the Scandinavian country.

"The Swedish custom and practice of throwing the press and public out of court when rape trials begin is one that we say is blatantly unfair, not only by British standards but also by European standards," Robertson said.

Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny wants to question Assange over allegations he raped one woman and sexually molested another in the country -- moves which he claims are politically motivated because of WikiLeaks' activities in releasing classified US cables.

Reinfeldt said Tuesday "it is unfortunate that women's rights and standpoint is taken so lightly when it comes to this kind of question compared to other types of theories presented."

"I can only defend what everyone in Sweden already knows: that we have an independent, non-coerced judiciary," he was quoted by the TT news agency as saying.

Reinfeldt rejected the notion that Assange's human rights would be violated in a Swedish rape trial.

"Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing you hear when (a lawyer) trying to defend a client gives a condescending description of other country's legal systems," he said.

"But everyone living in Sweden knows that is not in line with the truth."

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 February 2011 10:47)

 

Comments 

 
#15 2011-07-23 17:29
Reifeld and all the 50 gays in there hiding my 2 deaths second year!
It have been enought [censored] in my eyes and ears,He tured hole my country live like in sweden,the problem is that we were friends!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002605785359&sk=wall

That is the base on with his have to be jailed on the second.If the link don't work find Peter Murdad in facebook.
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#14 2011-02-11 12:00
Whether you are Pro or Anti Assange, It was totally inappropriate for The Swedish PM to comment like this while the Extradition Proceedinds are taking place in London. it would have been different had he volunteered to come to London and gave evidenve in Court. He may have prejudiced the whole proceedings.
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#13 2011-02-09 22:13
many here thought he was a hero before, now most r split about him, but thinks wikileaks is a good thing. were pro press freedom here in Sw, also it was good to get clarity in what US r up 2, theyre alwas so secretvie, and clearly they have good reasons 4 it. some said something bout sweden torturing their prisoners? not true. at all. now take a look at ur own country, instead of accusing others. and puppet state? not true, we follow what we think is right.
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#12 2011-02-09 21:51
plz, most of u dont have any idea of what youre talking about! what reinfeldt said is no propaganda and i agree with every word he said. not saying this because im afraid of my government as some ignorant ppl might think, but because i think its true and i need to tell u that u dont know everything there is to know about this case or sweden so u shouldnt judge us yet. dont know if A is guilty or not but think theyre doing the right thing, wouldnt b fair if they just ignored the women, right?
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#11 2011-02-09 17:21
lol, I can't believe that this website censors "cir[censored]st ances" as "cir[censored]st ances" -- I mean you can't make this [censored] up, man.
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#10 2011-02-09 17:19
No you don't have a non-coerced, independent judiciary. You are a torture- and "special rendition" collaborator. You make a travesty out of justice with your stupid rape laws. Ms Ny has made a complete ass-clown out of herself and your courts already, because she abused process, leaked Assange's name and details of cir[censored]st ances to the press and denies to submit evidence of prosecution. If your judiciary were independent, she'd be facing disciplinary consequences. Sweden = US poodle.
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#9 2011-02-09 10:08
The foremer minister of justice in Sweden, Thomas Bodström, corrupted the weapons case in Växjö town in year 2001. This led to the killing of more than 33 people. I reveald this a couple of yers ago and the Swedish police has threaten me and other journalists. Well known journalist Nuri Kino was threatened by the police if he continued to work with me regarding the illegal weapons sales that the police did in Stockholm.
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#8 2011-02-09 10:05
"I can only defend what everyone in Sweden already knows: that we have an independent, non-coerced judiciary," Fredrik Reinfeldt said.

- On my blog I revealed that the Swedish government covered up the murder on police officer Kjell Stigsson Bornerheim because the police officer was a assassin that failed to kill a journalist.
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#7 2011-02-09 10:01
I thought that Reinfeldt was to busy with the Afghan heroin trade so the Swedish weapon industry BOFORS and the Wallenberg family could make more money on USA, Turkey and Pakistan buying Swedish weapons with opium and heroin money.
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#6 2011-02-09 01:44
This story is the joke of the year. Two frustrated revenge-seeking Swedish Brünhildes, an incredible rape story and the Madam Prosecutor, vastly ridiculous altogether. Is the "smoking gun", i.e. broken condom available to complete joke?
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